If there ever was a case to be made that the intelligence profession should remain the domain of professionals, it would be bolstered by a read through some of the Stratfor emails released by Wikileaks. The whistleblower website Wikileaks on Monday published more than five million emails written by analysts belonging to the Texas-based intelligence company Stratfor between the dates of July 2004 and December 2011. Stratfor touts itself as a leading provider of geopolitical analysis, and according to reports, provides intelligence to major U.S. corporations and government agencies, such as the Department of Homeland Security and the Defense Intelligence Agency. One only has to examine the budgets of these organizations to realize that there is a great deal of money to be had by contracting one s services.
Bradley Manning, the US soldier accused of leaking classified information to whistleblowing website WikiLeaks, has been formally charged after declining to enter a plea in a military trial which could see him jailed for life. Manning, a 24-year-old former intelligence analyst, was charged on Thursday with 22 counts, the most serious of which is "aiding the enemy," which carries a maxium sentence of life in prison. The other charges carry a combined maximum of 150 years behind bars.
WikiLeaks is planning a smear campaign against Sweden to halt the extradition of founder Julian Assange to the United States, including releasing documents allegedly showing that Swedish foreign minister Carl Bildt has acted as an informant for the United States since the 1970s.
The US Vice-President called Julian Assange a "type of high - tech terrorist", yet we have no confidence that the Australian government has made any representation to the US government in defence of his rights.
Hacker group Anonymous has released a recording of what appears to be a conference call between the US Federal Bureau of Investigation and Scotland Yard held last month to discuss operations against the group. The audio of the nearly 17-minute conference call was posted on YouTube along with an email invitation from an FBI agent setting up the call for January 17.
According to the BBC World, the claim was made in emails allegedly from US-based security think tank Stratfor, which were published by the whistleblowing website WikiLeaks. Stratfor warned ahead of publication it would make no comment on whether the emails were authentic or inaccurate.
The United States is taking "serious and noticeable" measures to prevent another breach of classified files like the massive WikiLeaks document dump , the nation s spy chief said on Thursday.
A U.S. diplomatic cable released this year by Wikileaks shows a senior Hindu nationalist politician admitting that virtually all economic growth of recent years has been concentrated in the four southern states, two western states (Gujarat and Maharashtra) and "within 100km of Delhi." In another cable about Pranab Mukherjee, the finance minister being groomed to be India s next PM, Hillary Clinton is revealingly blunt: "To which industrial or business groups is Mukherjee beholden?"
Former Pakistan President Pervez Mussharaf's government pushed Iran to abandon their nuclear-weapons programme to stop another Muslim country from achieving that status, secret American cables have revealed.
Ofcom is said to have close ties to Britain's royal family. And the cables released by the whistleblower website WikiLeaks show that Press TV's programs on the royal wedding, which many in the country described as extravagant, angered the royal family.
A play about WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has opened in London to mixed reviews. Man in the Middle, detailing the life of the silver-haired 40-year-old Australian, opened at a south London theatre last week.
WikiLeaks cables disclosed Israel informed Abbas of Cast Lead before launching it. During the slaughter, his silence showed complicity. Defense Minister Ehud Barak's telegrams to US deputy ambassador Luis Moreni said Israel asked if Egypt and Fatah would take over Gaza once Israel defeated Hamas.
We, as Americans, need to ask ourselves what all this is about? Why is our government so provocative toward Islam, Russia, China, Iran? What purpose, whose purpose is being served? Certainly not ours ... Where do we go from here? If not to nuclear destruction, Americans must wake up.
US officials led a far-reaching international campaign aimed at keeping former Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide exiled in South Africa, rendering him a virtual prisoner there for the last seven years, according to secret US State Department cables.
A US military tribunal has recommended a court martial for Bradley Manning, the soldier alleged to have funnelled thousands of classified US documents to whistleblowing website WikiLeaks. "The investigating officer [Lieutenant Colonel Paul Almanza] concluded that the charges and specifications are in the proper form and that reasonable grounds exist to believe that the accused committed the offenses alleged," the US Army Military District of Washington said on Thursday.
When Mutharika s undemocratic tendencies started to bite the populace, a cable was leaked through wikileaks, which simply exposed that the British high commissioner was reporting facts on the Malawian situation back to his superiors in London. There was nothing new or spectacular in the cable. Only repetitions of what everyone was saying that Mutharika was increasingly showing dictatorial tendencies. Unpredictably, Mutharika responded by declaring the diplomat persona non-grata
Iraq has become a hotbed of regional rivalries. Saudi Arabian enmity towards Maliki was spelled out in a 2007 WikiLeaks cable that reported Saudi King Abdullah describing the Iraqi prime minister as "an Iranian agent." Saudi Arabia, which regards Iran as a dangerous regional rival, has refused to set up an embassy in Baghdad and deliberately sought to exclude Iraq from regional bodies such as the Gulf Cooperation Council.
A scandal unfolding in Denmark over the transfer of Iraqi prisoners by Danish forces to Iraq authorities, even as they knew they would be tortured, threatens to implicate the current Secretary General of NATO Anders Fogh Rasmussen, formerly prime minister of Denmark from 2001-2009. The scandal first arose in 2010 from documents released by WikiLeaks in the "Iraq War Logs." A November 2010 article at Ice News reported how a memo released by WikiLeaks described an inquiry by "a Danish Defence Ministry official" regarding "what happened at the American Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq after media reports of torture and abuse in 2003."
According to an October 2009 US diplomatic cable published by WikiLeaks, the head of Pakistan's main spy agency, the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), said he had contacted Israel officials to head off potential attacks on Israeli targets in India. A senior ISI official said the agency has never established any contacts not authorised by the government and which were not in the interests of Pakistan.
Confidential documents leaked recently by the well-renowned whistle-blower website Wikileaks on the United States Embassy in Cairo holding secret meetings with some well-known Egyptian activists and political figures at the US Embassy in Cairo. The leaks have raised controversy and ire in Egypt, especially among those figures whose names were mentioned in the leaked cables, and highlighted by the al-Wafd news website.
Political and human rights activists filed complaints to the Prosecutor General Tuesday against Al-Wafd newspaper and other portals that published what they say is a fabricated Wikileaks document claiming that they received "secret funding" from the US.
A May 24 Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) Frontline program quoted WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange as saying he d never had any contact with Bradley Manning and that he had no information indicating that the former Army intelligence analyst was the source of the classified U.S. intelligence information released by WikiLeaks.
It has been more than 17 months since Private Bradley Manning was arrested for allegedly leaking classified US military documents to Julian Assange and his whistleblowing website WikiLeaks. Since his detention, there has been news of torture, solitary confinement and mistreatment by prison guards. The information leaked by Manning to WikiLeaks made front page news around the world. But Manning's case and the grim conditions of his detention have not attracted as much press.
The new book on Russia by The Guardian s Moscow correspondent, Luke Harding, is entitled "Mafia State." It draws on U.S. diplomatic cables provided by WikiLeaks describing Russia as a "virtual mafia state."
There are many calls, for example, for US President Barack Obama to be assassinated. Then again, some US politicians have freely called for the assassination of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. Calling for certain Twitter accounts to be blocked strikes me as a potentially dangerous threat to democratic freedoms. If it's not right for countries such as China to do it, how can the US justify such widespread censorship?
Controversial whistle blowing website WikiLeaks almost caused a massive political fallout in the country after releasing leaked US diplomatic cables revealing that top leaders of Zanu PF and MDC-T, were effectively isolated with dwindling support from their immediate lieutenants.
Saudi Arabia s King Abdullah told US diplomats that by toppling former Iraqi president Saddam Hussein, the US had presented Iraq to Iran "on a golden platter." That assessment, recorded in a 2005 embassy cable released by WikiLeaks, was affirmed in the eyes of Saudi Arabia s Sunni Muslim rulers by the outbreak of sectarian squabbling that followed last week s departure of the last US troops from Iraq after almost nine years of occupation.
''Congress insiders complain that [Rahul Gandhi] is a neophyte who does not have what it takes to become prime minister,'' the US charge d'affaires to India, Geoffrey Pyatt, wrote in a 2007 cable published by WikiLeaks. But Rahul's supporters say he is biding his time. ''There is no suspense about it,'' senior Congress figure Digvijay Singh says. ''He has a role, which is increasing constantly.''
An Australian Senator Scott Ludlam has embarked on a European mission to protect the human rights of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, who continues fighting a legal battle to avoid extradition to Sweden over alleged sex crime charges.
Last week, after an astounding 567 days in prison, Bradley Manning - the US Army private accused of leaking the WikiLeaks documents - finally began his pre-trial hearing. In the year and a half since he has been in jail, Manning has been severely mistreated by his jailers, has been assumed guilty by the president and now potentially faces life in jail. Yet the "crime" he is accused of is something many US officials do with regularity: leak classified information in the public interest to news organisations.
Bharatiya Janata Party MPs will submit on Friday declarations to the presiding officers of their respective Houses of Parliament, stating that they do not have any illegal money stashed in any foreign bank or tax haven abroad.
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is likely to know by December 25 if the Supreme Court will hear his appeal against the recent high court decision to extradite him to Sweden where he faces charges of sexual assault. Assange can lodge his appeal in the Supreme Court by December 19. On receiving the appeal, three judges of the court will decide whether it is fit enough for hearing.
WIKILEAKS, the whistleblower website, faces dire economic times. The website, which was started by Julian Assange, says this is largely because Visa, MasterCard and PayPal have refused for more than 10 months to process donations made on its behalf.
Mr McClelland wrote to the Right to Know coalition and other media organisations in November to seek "a more formal mutually agreed arrangement'' on handling sensitive national security information. The Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet raised the possibility of using such a protocol to constrain publication of national security information released by WikiLeaks.
According to a controversial leak provided by WikiLeaks - and picked up in stories by news outlets from AP to NPR - Barack Obama s administration was politely advised by the Japanese in September 2009 that there would be no need for the presidential entourage to go to Hiroshima, apparently to apologize for the dropping of the atomic bomb 64 years earlier.
According to one US embassy cable, written in Caracas and released by Wikileaks - US considers Lopez bad for opposition unity and he is "a divisive Figure of the opposition" because he is openly "arrogant, vengeful, and thirsty for power".
Today information provided by WikiLeaks is considered both suspicious and welcome by breaking news. It is a source and yet not a source and has prompted a change in the journalist-source relationship. Newspapers have to think about how to deal with such organisations and how to establish whether they have their own agendas. Should news publications develop their own digital leaking systems?
Virgin Group boss Richard Branson had plans to bankroll a diplomatic move aimed at persuading Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe to step down, according to a cable published by WikiLeaks.
A well-known British expert on Russia, former Moscow correspondent for the London political weekly The Economist Edward Lucas urged West to finally take steps to put an end to the bloody Putin's regime in Russia.
...However, it is not the Swedish judicial system that presents a 'grave danger' to Assange, say his lawyers, but a legal device known as a Temporary Surrender, under which he can be sent on from Sweden to the United States secretly and quickly.
In a diplomatic cable sent by the US State Department to the US embassy in Amman in August 2007, officials warned that the Arab Bank could be unwittingly assisting proliferation-related transfers between Iran, Syria and North Korea. - We are concerned that Iran, Syria and DPRK [Democratic People's Republic of Korea] proliferation entities are using the Arab Bank network to process what may be proliferation-related transactions, - read the cable, released by WikiLeaks on its website at the end of August and viewed by The Jordan Times.
Several US diplomatic cables published by antisecrecy group WikiLeaks have discussed the flourishing sex tourism and flesh trade industry in the Philippines. This, even before the ruckus caused by US Ambassador to the Philippines Harry Thomas Jr., who claimed that 40% of all male foreign tourists who visit the country arrive just for sex
DataCell COO and WikiLeaks business associate lafur Sigurvinsson threatened local newspaper Morgunbla i with a lawsuit last Friday, believing that they changed his company's door lock passcodes at their shared office space because of their perceived ties to WikiLeaks and its spokesperson Kristinn Hrafnsson. lafur told us over the phone that Morgunbla i blocked all door access to his staff and only restored it after DataCells lawyer told them to do so.
THOUGH Julian Assange was at the centre of a media frenzy during the WikiLeaks controversy and his ongoing sex assault case, the former hacker's autobiography has failed to cause a stir, selling only 644 copies in three days on the UK market.
Guerrilla politics is my term for a form of dissent usually carried out by insiders who are dissatisfied with the actions of political parties, public organizations, politicians, or people but who typically, for strategic reasons, choose not to go public with their concerns.
Groups representing atomic bomb survivors and opponents of nuclear weapons have criticized the government following the release of a secret U.S. cable indicating that Japan's Foreign Ministry discouraged U.S. President Barack Obama from visiting Hiroshima.
Two Canadians are known to have been held at Bagram. Toronto-born Omar Khadr was there for about four months before he was taken to the Guantanamo Bay naval base in Cuba. Another case, which recently emerged from U.S. diplomatic cables published by WikiLeaks, was that of a mentally ill Canadian-Egyptian man, Khaled Samy Abdallah Ismail, held at Bagram for more than 18 months.
The NPP National Women Organiser, Ms Otiko Afisah Djaba, has described the operations of Wikileaks as wicked witchcraft motivated by wicked gossip. According to her, in the name of transparency, accountability, whistle blowing and deepening democracy, the leader of the Wikileaks group, Julian Assange, who is said to be funded by some anti American NGOs,has opened cans of worms which are poisonous, worrying, damaging and dangerous, especially if not well managed.
Western suspicion of Vladimir Putin's Russia runs deep. After two terms as president followed by one term in the notionally weaker post of prime minister, he had taken Russia to the condition where "democracy has disappeared", the recently retired US defence secretary Robert Gates said. The government was "an oligarchy run by the security services", he said, according to US official cables published by WikiLeaks.
East Timor's President Jose Ramos-Horta saw his fledgling nation's parliament as corrupt and ineffective and believed himself both "above local politics" and indispensable, leaked US memos show. American diplomats also felt Ramos-Horta had let his 1996 Nobel peace prize "go to his head" and that his global ambitions put him at odds with some of Timor's key allies, embassy cables released by WikiLeaks revealed.
The US is building a ring of secret drone bases in the Horn of Africa and the Arabian Peninsula as part of an aggressive campaign against al Qaeda affiliates in Somalia and Yemen, The Washington Post reported yesterday, citing US officials.
Let it be known that the US State department, US military, Central Intelligence Agency, and the New York States University jointly fund and run what is called the Open Source Enterprise on behalf of their country. And American diplomatic missions always deny they are involved in spying, a clandestine work which involves breaking all the rules, if necessary.
The weighty, scandalous and damaging revelations by Wikileaks reports in the last two weeks about a possible conspiracy between some highranking judicial officers and highlyplaced government officials to subvert justice in Nigeria elicit many compelling questions that should not be left answered.
Fiifi Kwetey, a Deputy Minister of Finance and Economic Planning, seems to have bitten more than he can chew over the recent wikileaks expose in which he was reported to have insinuated that no Muslim can be President of this country.
FOR weeks now, the nation has been held spell-bound by the revelations contained in US diplomatic cables published on the Wikileaks website to the effect that former President Olusegun Obasanjo actually had plans to sack the then Chairman of Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Maurice Iwu for his refusal to cancel the scheduled 2007 general elections and hand the president an opportunity to elongate his tenure.
According to the whistle-blower WikiLeaks, Port Irene is the major entry point of virtually all converted right-hand drive vehicles being sold in the Philippines which is seriously affecting revenues of legitimate car firms. WikiLeaks said that foreign car manufacturers in the Philippines are complaining that they were enticed to invest in the Philippines with the promise of market protection such as a blanket ban on the entry of imported used cars.
THIS is what the previous US Ambassador Kristie Kenney is said to have said, according to a WikiLeaked document: Referring to Corazon Aquino: "Revered as a hero for taking the reins of power at a difficult moment in Philippine politics and at a time of great personal loss, President Aquino leaves behind an incomplete transition to democratic governance that, while marked by great personal freedom for Philippines citizens, never seems to have properly taken root in the institutions that must handle the difficult task of governing a diverse and divided society..."
One of the intriguing cables leaked by WikiLeaks on Uganda is where NRM Eastern Region Vice Chairman Mike Mukula vents his frustration about his party to US ambassador Jerry Lanier. In a 2009 diplomatic cable Mukula reportedly told the American diplomat that President Yoweri Museveni was grooming his son, Lt. Col. Muhoozi Kainerugaba to succeed him, favouring Banyankole politically, militarily and economically, and that he, Mukula, wants to become president in 2016.
Details of a secret meeting held by ex-President John Kufuor and the current US Ambassador to Ghana, Donald Teitelbaum, have disclosed that Mr. Kufuor literarily cried over the withdrawal of his luxurious ex-gratia which proved too expensive for a third world poverty-stricken nation like Ghana.
This time a round, that buster of secret diplomatic cable bombshells revealed that a former United States Ambassador to the backwater United Madafu (Mwalimu Nyerere pardon) Republic of Tanzania, Michael Retzer, categorically stated that the owner of what was then the Kempinski Hotel Kilimanjaro in the city subsidised the purchase of five Savile Row suits for President Jakaya Kikwete (2005).
THE opening bid for a steely portrait of Julian Assange - ''one of only four photos of Julian in the world'' that he signed on his 40th birthday in July - was set at more than $900.
THE ZANU PF politburo yesterday skirted discussion on the potentially divisive WikiLeaks cables, in which President Robert Mugabe's trusted lieutenants allegedly undermined him during private meetings with United States diplomats.
The 2008 flagbearer of the Convention People's Party (CPP), Dr. Paa Kwesi Nduom is challenging the party's General Secretary Ivor Greenstreet to come out publicly to deny or confirm damaging comments on Dr Nduom attributed to Mr. Greenstreet in the wikileaks diplomatic cables.
The Convener of the Research and Advocacy Platform [RAP] of the National Democratic Congress party [NDC] has dismissed calls by former President Kuffuor on Ghanaians to ignore the revelations contained in the recent Wikileaks reports since they are merely speculative.
THE ZANU PF politburo yesterday skirted discussion on the potentially divisive WikiLeaks cables, in which President Robert Mugabe's trusted lieutenants allegedly undermined him during private meetings with United States diplomats. The extraordinary politburo meeting took place a day after President Mugabe met US ambassador, Charles Ray, but avoided conversation on the issue, which has dominated the political rumour mill and triggered speculation of massive fallout within the former ruling party.
'If a culture war was engaged over Assange's extradition to the US it would involve, strangely enough, the clash of cultural armies mobilised by the creators of Fox News and WikiLeaks, the two most influential Australians of the era.' Make that the two most influential Australians of the era, and Australia's leading public intellectual.
The Ethiopian government has disputed allegations that its Prime Minister Meles Zenawi advised the US Administration that toppling the Sudanese government of president Al-Bashir is the "preferred option" for Washington. Allegations of Zenawi s advice were revealed by the whistle-blowing website Wikileaks in a diplomatic cable detailing discussions that took place on 30 January 2009 between the Ethiopian PM and Acting Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Phil Carter in the presence of the Director of Sudan Programs Group (SPG) at the US State Department Tim Shortley.
The era of celebrity speechwriters such as Freudenberg and Watson is almost certainly over. This is the age of the hedgehog. Michael Cooney, generally referred to as Gillard's ''chief speechwriter'', is a shadowy figure, named in WikiLeaks as a ''protected'' source by the US embassy.
"The more secretive or unjust an organization," Assange explained, "the more leaks induce fear and paranoia in its leadership and planning coterie...Since unjust systems, by their nature, induce opponents, and in many places have the upper hand, mass leaking leaves them exquisitely vulnerable to those who seek to replace them with more open forms of governance.
That deeper malaise, which not many commentators are interesting in reading in these documents, is the obvious fact that men and women who feature so prominently in these documents are determining, in their own small ways, the affairs of the world; they make decisions which affect lives of millions of people around the world and therefore they carry a very serious responsibility and the discharge of that responsibility has implications for their own lives, both in this world and in the Hereafter.
PRIME Minister Morgan Tsvangirai yesterday revealed that President Robert Mugabe had confided in him in the aftermath of the WikiLeaks cables that revealed that Zanu PF members were revealing party secrets to US embassy officials.
The US government is certainly looking at the technical aspects of the two extradition agreements between the UK and Sweden and then considering the political and legal atmosphere in both places.
Former US ambassador to Manila Kristie Kenney is at the centre of the furore over the release by WikiLeaks of secret diplomatic cables dispatched by the US embassy to Washington from 2006 to 2010 during the most tumultuous years of President Gloria
Wikileaks reveals embassy said it was important to touch right political bases. The Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) may not agree, but for the US embassy in New Delhi, the Air India - Boeing aircraft purchase agreement of 2005 was perfect, a scripted plan, jointly executed by its officials and those of the US aircraft manufacturer.
Civil rights activists Sunday demanded the early release of a Chhattisgarh resident arrested on suspicion of being a Maoist sympathiser and allegedly involved in illegal money transfer by the Essar group for the rebels - a claim strongly denied by his supporters. Journalist-activist Lingaram Kodopi was arrested Friday along with contractor B.K. Lala following recent WikiLeaks revelations that Essar was paying "protection money" to Maoists in Chhattisgarh.
Dantewada police on Friday apprehended a contractor, who had allegedly helped the Essar Group to end a deadlock with Maoists over a pipeline issue. The breakthrough came about a year ago when reports of the corporate funding Maoists were exposed. This was before the WikiLeaks revelations of Essar Group paying Chhattisgarh-based rebels
time were already putting her in the line of fire. A leaked U.S. diplomatic cable released by Wikileaks last week alleged she steered $50 million contracts to her brother for contracting work during her previous tenure. "(The story) is baseless fiction
Shashank Shekhar Singh, the Cabinet Secretary of the Uttar Pradesh government, assured US Charge d Affaires Peter Burleigh at the time of the Lok Sabha elections in 2009 that Mayawati s opposition to the Indo-US nuclear deal was 'rhetoric', and that there will be no change in India s foreign policy if Mayawati became the prime minister.
The opposition today slammed the government on WikiLeaks disclosures with CPI-M saying the main trend of these cables have shown that the government has been "succumbing to American pressures" and BJP accusing it of "completely failing" to grab the opportunity of getting LeT operative David Headley extradited.
MAJOR energy companies involved in a multibillion gas development believed they were forced into accepting the site for a controversial LNG plant in the Kimberley, according to US diplomatic cables published by WikiLeaks.
Nigeria's other anti-corruption bodies, the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission (ICPC) and the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB) have failed to compliment the efforts of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, the Human Rights Watch has said in a 64 page analysis chronicling EFCC's performance in its almost nine years of existence.
The secret sources of the WikiLeaks files were accidentally exposed over the internet as a result of a dispute between confidantes of the website s founder Julian Assange and others formerly associated with the organization, according to a report in the German press Monday. WikiLeaks denied these reports in a message on its Twitter feed Monday night.
WASHINGTON - Some internal Bank of America files obtained by WikiLeaks have been destroyed, according to a former close collaborator of Julian Assange, the whistleblowing website s founder. In an email to Reuters, Daniel Domscheit-Berg, who last year was fired by Assange as WikiLeaks co-spokesman, confirmed that he had destroyed 'roundabout' 3,000 submissions WikiLeaks received related to Bank of America.